There was mild drama at the llorin Muslim Cemetery on Friday when the management of the cemetery prevented the burial of a 47-year-old civil servant believed to have been killed by lightning.
The deceased civil servant, Mr Salami Adekunle who hailed from Osun state, was said to have died in Oro community within the lrepodun local government area of Kwara State after being hit by lightning during a heavy downpour on Thursday, an incident members of the community described as unnatural.
While the deceased identified and practised as a Muslim until his death, members of the Islamic community in Oro refused to accept his death as an act of God and therefore refused to carry out Islamic prayers and bath that follow the passing of adherents of the religion.
Coordinator of the Ilorin Muslim Cemetery, Dr Abubakar Aliagan, said the community’s instruction that Mr Adekunle’s corpse should not undergo the normal Islamic prayers and bath necessitated the rejection of his corpse by the cemetery.
Aliagan added that the performance of traditional rituals on Adekunle’s corpse after his death was unacceptable to the management of the cemetery.
“If the late Salami will sleep in our Muslim cemetery, we have to do it in line with lslamic rites,” Aliagan said.
According to The Nation, Adekunle was until his death an official of the Registry Department at Kwara State College of Education, Oro. The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr Adesola Adewoye, is quoted to have said that the family of the deceased would meet to decide on the next line of action.